California Library Services Board

  • California Library Services Board

The California Library Services Board (the state board) consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and four by the Legislature. The state board determines policy for and authorizes allocation of funds from programs of the California Library Services Act. Members serve for four years, representing various constituencies, and also comprise the State Advisory Council on Libraries for the federal Library Services and Technology Act. The State Librarian serves as Chief Executive Officer of the California Library Services Board.

Mission and Values

The following mission and value statements are the most recent to be approved by the California Library Services Board.

CLSB Mission Statement

The Mission of the California Library Services Board is to ensure that all Californians have free and convenient access to all library resources and services for the enrichment of their lives and for lifelong learning, regardless of their age or ethnicity, or any geographical, financial or administrative constraints.

In carrying out its mission, the CLSB expresses its values through the following policies:

Local Control – We affirm the principle of control and administration of public libraries by local government within the framework of statewide equity. Decisions are made locally about books and other materials.

Local Financing – We encourage adequate financing of libraries from local sources, with state and federal funds furnished to supplement, not supplant, local funds.

Service for the Underserved – We support service to any population segment of any age and ethnicity with service needs not adequately met by traditional library service patterns; including, but not limited to, those persons who are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged, functionally illiterate, non-English speaking, shut-in, institutionalized, or handicapped.

Resource Sharing – We encourage and enable the sharing of resources among libraries of all types – school, academic, special, and public.

Equitable Reimbursement – We endorse equitable and sufficient reimbursement of any participating library for services it provides beyond its jurisdiction, if a public library, or if not a public library, beyond its normal clientele.

Public Participation – We value and ensure public participation in carrying out the intent of the California Library Services Act through locally appointed System Advisory Boards, open public meetings, and involvement of voluntary groups.

Statewide Coordination – We encourage quick and equitable access to information for the entire state, including use of technology.

CLSB Values Statements

Literacy - We recognize the importance of reading, and therefore literacy, to all Californians for life enrichment and for intelligent self-government as an essential component of democracy.

Diversity – Congress shall enable libraries in our increasingly multicultural and diverse society to target relevant services and programs to the special/unique segments of their communities' populations, including people with disabilities, and to serve as gateways by actively disseminating information to everyone in the U.S., its tribe, territories and freely associated states, including those in remote areas, through both traditional and nontraditional methods and locations. Services to reach both individuals and families of traditionally underserved populations should be equitable to those services offered to traditional users of a service-oriented public library. Coalitions should be encouraged between libraries and such diverse community groups, government institutions, business and health care providers.

Technology – The California Library Services Board will facilitate the balance between new technologies while preserving traditional Library services and value.